Six Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Instructors are assisting the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training with training 250 members of the Oregon National Guard wildfire suppression techniques. IFSI field staff members Thomas Richter, Thomas McDermott, Steve Builta, Steve Sallows, Steve Rusin, and Dave Sawlsville deployed to the Oregon Public Safety Academy as part of the Department of Forestry’s effort to control and fight wildland fires spreading across the northwest area of the United States.
The IFSI Instructors will deliver National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) material in classroom, hands-on, and live-fire training environments over a ten-day period. Once complete, the 250 National Guard personnel will deploy to the Oregon fire lines at the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, the Horse Prairie Fire near Roseburg, and the Chetco Fire near Brookings.
The Illinois Fire Service Institute Wildland Firefighting Program also delivers training throughout the State of Illinois. IFSI sponsored classes are funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The courses are conducted under the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's program, policies and standards for training. Since May 2017, trained IFSI staff members have assisted with national fires in Georgia, Montana, Oregon and California.